PDEA, Marina tie up vs illegal drugs

ANGELES CITY -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has forged a partnership to prevent the entry of illegal drugs into the country.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino yesterday met with Marina Director Marcial Amaro III and discussed the two agency’s partnership in the war against illegal drugs.

Aquino and Amaro both agreed to deputize PDEA agents to inspect all maritime vessels in the country’s 1,200 private seaports.

Aquino said the partnership is valuable to stop the shipments of illegal drugs in the country through private seaports.

The partnership between PDEA and Marina is another first for PDEA and the country, he added.

Aquino, who assumed as PDEA chief two months ago, launched a series of firsts, including the establishment of PDEA office in Bureau of Correction and the creation of PDEA offices in the country’s 13 key seaports.

Also present during the meeting are PDEA Chief of Staff IC Calaguas, MARINA Chief of Staff Mon Cruz and Aquino’s trustee Benjamin McMurrey.
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